Columbia Law School is the only school among its peers to have had a fulltime faculty member specializing in Chinese law since the early 1970s.
The history of the center is fascinating. Shortly after diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China were restored in 1979, Columbia Law School revived the tradition of exchange with Chinese academics and practitioners. The Center for Chinese Legal Studies was established under the direction of R. Randle Edwards, the Walter Gellhorn Professor Emeritus of Law.
Attend an event. The center organizes many events to promote discussion of the most recent developments in Chinese law and to strengthen the Chinese legal community.
Each semester a regular lecture series features China experts who explore cutting-edge research and issues in law, economics, and human rights.
The Center for Chinese Legal Studies arranges large alumni events and partners with the student group, the Society for Chinese Law, PILnet, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, and other organizations and societies, to generate sizable academic conferences, symposia, and roundtables, at the law school and in China.
Students may work with the center’s world-renowned director and faculty on original research into the Chinese legal system.
Students take a unique breadth of Chinese law classes covering current topics. The Center also strives to provide hands-on legal experience for students of Chinese law.
The Center for Chinese Legal Studies works to build a vibrant community of students and visiting scholars who reflect the center’s commitment to excellence.